Under the medical direction of board-certified physicians Dr. Carson Bauder and Dr. Loakhnauth Ramkishun, the team at Wymore Laser & Anti-Aging Medicine combines cutting-edge equipment with a holistic approach to beauty. Anthony Filardo, DC, follows in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were natural-healing practitioners in Calabria, Italy. In addition to completing advanced training in anti-aging nutriceuticals and preventive medicine, Dr. Filardo is certified in medical acupuncture and is a fellow on the Acupuncture Society of America, Inc.
While Dr. Filardo employs ancient techniques to promote wellness, he and his staff also specialize in the latest nonsurgical cosmetic treatments. With a license in facial aesthetics, he expertly wields Palomar lasers to target wrinkles with resurfacing sessions and spider veins with intense pulsed light. Dr. Filardo also sculpts bodies with weight-loss programs and VelaShape cellulite-reduction treatments that leave skin as smooth as a valentine written in syrup.
Along with her partner, Arturo Diaz, Paola Salamanca decided to open Studio Spa Garden of Healing in 2009, located in a renovated two-story cottage lit by ample windows. The spa—winner of MyCityBeauty magazine's Best Spa in Orlando award—represents a tripartite marriage of Paola's interests in television and film, her family's work in the beauty industry, and Arturo's career in acupuncture and natural medicine.
This harmony among diverse elements becomes apparent as soon as one walks in the spa’s front door and encounters, amid shades of pale lilac, Arturo crafting herbal remedies or redirecting energy pathways with acupuncture. Not far off, beyond a skin bar stocked with Dermalogica products, guests sip sangria or herbal tea in a dimmed relaxation room as they await appointments for facials or a variety of massages, including deep tissue, Thai massage, and "tui na," a Chinese therapeutic massage.
Having traveled abroad to locales such as Spain, Colombia, and India, the spa’s staff boasts knowledge of basic skincare techniques as well as advanced or alternative methods such as vacuum therapy and fire cupping. For her part, Paola works with actors and models and often travels on-set to share her wisdom—a fact that may explain her penchant for adding a dramatic musical score to each of her treatments back at the spa.
Board-certified and licensed acupuncture physician Marlo Rapp offers a variety of pain-management services and homeopathic remedies at Four Seasons Acupuncture. In addition to holding a specialization in acupuncture, Marlo performs services ranging from cupping—a process in which heated cups apply suction to the skin—to moxibustion—a service that involves the burning of mugwort in proximity to acupuncture points. Marlo also performs comprehensive nutritional consultations that help ensure that clients understand how to select healthy foods as well as how to place them in the proper mouth. To view an expansive list of Marlo’s services and commonly treated conditions, click here.
Orlando Acupuncture's clinicians are all national-board certified and possess upward of 4,000 hours of training in traditional Chinese healing treatments. Specializing in a 2,500-year-old form of acupuncture, the staff targets ailments such as chronic pain, allergies, and digestive symptoms while customers relax on plush beds flanked by calm lighting and plant life. The acupuncturist sets to work stimulating the necessary pressure points through the use of hair-thin, sterile, disposable needles. Additionally, the well-versed clinicians supplement their services with nutrition advice, reign in maverick symptoms with laboratory-tested herbs, and loosen and recharge tight backs with therapeutic acupressure treatments that act as adequate stand-ins for a pair of AA batteries.
A medical doctor, physical therapist, and natural health consultant compose the practice at Mid-Florida Medical Group. Patients rely on their decades of experience for holistic health care; conditions ranging from anxiety to hepatitis C to osteoporosis are treated through alterative medicine and practices that supplement traditional medical care. The practitioners want to empower their patients in their health care, allowing them to participate in their own wellness.
As an undergraduate at UCLA, Dr. Gene Wei was considering a career in Western medicine?until studying abroad in China and Brazil took him down an unexpected path. Chronic pain and illnesses had afflicted Dr. Wei throughout college, and the care he received abroad succeeded where traditional therapy had failed: it alleviated his symptoms. This experience inspired him to change the focus of his studies and work toward becoming a practitioner who viewed sickness and pain as the results of underlying imbalances in the body's systems, which the practitioner must correct to restore optimal health.
At the Center for Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, Dr. Wei fully embraces this philosophy, using alternative medicine to treat the root causes of a client's condition rather than simply addressing the symptoms. Acupuncture, massage, oxygen multistep therapy, and Chinese herbal medicine are a few of the treatments that Dr. Wei and his team employ. In addition to helping alleviate chronic pain, they can serve as a complementary form of care to traditional Western medicine.